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Recycling (Waste etc.) -- Oregon -- Portland -- Citizen participation, Municipal services -- Citizen participation

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50 pages


This report examines the Multi-Family Recycling Program sponsored by the City's Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), and operated by Portland State University's Recycling Education Project (REP). The program operated from July 1, 1989 to June 30, 1990. The purpose of the program was to implement a pilot recycling program that addressed the unique needs of apartment and condominium dwellers. The effort involved establishing recycling systems in 200 multi-family buildings. The program used a multi-materials approach that included separating newspaper, clear, green, and brown glass, tin, aluminum, and cardboard.

The pilot program was undertaken to further the City's and Metro's solid waste reduction goals, in accordance with DEQ's Solid Waste Plan. These goals call for increasing recycling in the city to 50% by the year 2000. In addition, the program attempted to field test strategies for establishing both outdoor and indoor recycling systems; to identify problems encountered by apartment managers and tenants unique to multi-family sites; and to identify problems encountered by local garbage haulers when servicing the recycling systems. The program was directed by PSU Professor Gerald F. Blake and coordinated by Lynne Storz, a PSU graduate student in Urban Planning. The program was carried out by a team of PSU graduate and undergraduate students.


Catalog Number PR042.

A product of the Center for Urban Studies, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University.

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